Derrick Rose refused to recruit LeBron James — the best basketball player on the planet — during the summer of 2010. He was criticized by some, praised by many more for that, but are we going to look back at that being the biggest mistake of his career?
If so, he’s at it again.
“I don’t recruit. If anyone wants to play with me, I don’t mind playing with … it could be anyone in the NBA, but as far as recruiting, I never did and never will,” Rose said.
You can find the full interview here.
Go ahead, say that recruiting is not Rose’s “style”. Say that he doesn’t have to resort to that, but if you look at the NBA right now, all you see is super teams being assembled.
Rose is stubborn and if he doesn’t want to openly recruit, let’s say, a LeBron or Carmelo Anthony, that’s fine. But in 10 years, or whenever Rose’s career is over, if he finishes title-less, are we going to look back at his unwillingness to recruit as the main culprit?
We’re definitely living in a different NBA, and quite frankly, it feels that Rose is caught up with a throwbacks mentality — “I can do it alone”. His team is stacked, no question. But can the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat as they are currently assembled? No. Can they beat the Indiana Pacers? No. Can they beat the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks? It’s close, but I’m leaning no.
Rose still has much of his career ahead of him, his best years could very much be ahead of him as well, but sooner or later he’s going to have to realize that he can’t do it alone. Hopefully, it won’t be too late when he has that epiphany.